Asthalin HFA Inhaler
Salbutamol is a drug that is used to get relief from bronchospasm that is linked with conditions such as Asthma and other pulmonary diseases. Salbutamol is sold in the market under various brand names. It is available in the form of extended release tablets and inhaled route drugs such as metered dose inhalers, rotahalers, Autohalers and nebulizers etc. The medicine is used to prevent bronchospasm induced wheezing.
This medicine provides relief by relieving the troubles like cough, cold, wheezing and shortness of breath. The medicine is available only on the prescription of doctor.
Understanding the drug:
How it works?
The drug works by acting on the receptors in the lungs called β-2 receptors. Salbutamol acts on the receptors and stimulates them, as a result of which the muscles of the air passage relax. This leads to easy passage of air and opens the airway.
When should you avoid the drug?
You should not take this medicine if you:
- Are allergic to this active ingredient Salbutamol or any other ingredient of the drug.
- Are below 4 years of age, consult your doctor for the safety and efficacy.
- Are pregnant or planning to be pregnant
- Are breast feeding as the drug may pass into the breast milk
- Have high blood pressure
- Have a history of epilepsy
- Have a diabetes history
- Have heart rhythm problems (arrhythmia)
What are the strengths available?
The drug is available in the form of inhalers under the different brand names and strengths on our website:
- Asthalin HFA inhaler
- Ventorlin CFC free inhalers (100 mcg)
Who is the manufacturer?
Asthalin is manufactured by Cipla and Ventorlin is manufactured by GSK Australia. The drugs are available on our website under various pack sizes.
How much to take?
Take the drug exactly as prescribed by the doctor. The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine and the condition of the patient. General recommendation for bronchospasm patients is that of two puffs every 4-6 hours in adults. For exercise induced bronchospasm is two puffs taken every 15-30 minutes before exercise. For children younger than 4 years of age the drug must be taken only if prescribed by the doctor and the dose must be decided by him only. Do not use more of it and do not use it more often than your doctor ordered.
How to take it?
Follow the steps given below:
- Make the mouthpiece clean of any dirt or dust
- Shake the inhaler well before use
- Breath out the air so as to empty your lungs
- Put the mouthpiece into your mouth and grip with your lips tightly
- Take a deep breath and press the canister to puff up the drug into your air passage
- Remove the inhaler from mouth and hold breath for at least 10 seconds or as long as it is comfortable
- Breath out through nose and replace the cap
- Follow the steps given again if needed
When to take?
Take the medicine as prescribed by the Doctor. Try to take the dose at the same time each day; this reduces the chances of missing a dose. . It is important to continue taking your medicine even if you feel sound. Do not stop the drug without doctor’s advice.
For how long should it be taken?
Do not stop taking the drug or change the dose without consulting with your Doctor. This drug is meant to be taken on regular basis, so keep on taking the drug as long as recommended by the Doctor.
What if you take too much (overdose)?
If overdose, talk to doctor or Poisons information centre for advice. Take medical help as soon as possible.
What if you miss the dose?
If you forget to take the dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is too late then do not worry. Leave the dose. Do not double up the dose for the missed one.
What are the side effects?
Every medicine has some side effects. Some of the common side-effects are:
- Dry or irritated throat or mouth
- Rounded face
- Tongue irritation
- Loss of bone density
- Slowing of growth in children
- Abnormal sense of taste
Are there any possible drug interactions?
Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. You doctor will provide you the list of drugs to be avoided while taking this drug. The drugs that interact with Salbutamol:
- Doxepin etc.
What are the things to be taken care of?
- Don’t use the expired drug
- The patient must get full information about the use of the inhaler so that the drug reaches the target area
- Young children may need help
- Keep a complete record of all the medicines you are taking along with this medicine
- Clean your inhaler at least once in a week
- This drug is for long term management of Asthma, so it is not used in acute asthma attack
|US Brand Name||Albuterol|
|Strength||100 mcg (200 mdi) Inhaler|
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